It’s hurricane season now through November 30th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has forecast an above average hurricane season. The agency predicts the possibility of 14 to 21 named storms. 2022 is the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. The agency breaks that down to a possibility of 6 to 10 hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), and 3 to 6 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or higher). So far this year there have been 3 named storms: Alex, Bonnie and Colin.
“Early prevention and understanding your risk is key to being hurricane resilient and climate-ready”
“Early prevention and understanding your risk is key to being hurricane resilient and climate-ready”, said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. Many elements including warmer than normal ocean temperatures and La Nina conditions are likely to remain through hurricane season impacting the strength and frequency of tropical systems.
Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) states that the threat to Delaware is very real.
Their key message is “Get Prepared Delaware”. The agency is offering tips and resources to assist residents and vacationers to be ready if a hurricane or tropical storm affects Delaware. The First State may not have a direct hit from any hurricane, but may still suffer the disastrous effect of a major storm. This includes storm surge, costal flooding, high winds, tornados, large waves and rip currents.
PrepareDE.org says that Delaware’s low elevation and location on the Delmarva Peninsula makes it vulnerable to storm surge on top of high tides.
Here are some tips from DEMA on being prepared in Delaware for a tropical storm or hurricane this season:
- Make A Plan
- Know your flood risk
- Prepare your home
- Create a plan on how to communicate with your household
- Take seniors and special needs into account
- Have a preparedness buddy
- Have a plan for your pets and animals
- Make A Survival Kit
- Go to preparede.org/make-a-kit to learn what items you should include.
- Stay Informed by monitoring the DEMA social media page.
More ideas on being prepared are offered at DEMA’s “Hurricane Preparedness Is No Accident” webpage.
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